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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Respect and diversity workshop left me with PTSD, claims public servant


Noel Towell Bid for more compensation knocked back

Organised crime busters' wages and conditions to be smashed


Noel Towell Public servants who fight organised crime for the Australian Crime Commission have been asked to give up any pay rises for the next three years.

Parking in the Triangle, it's a lottery

NEWS: Pic shows the car park on the corner of ?Brisbane Avenue and State Circle, opposite DFAT. ?15th?April 2014. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times
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Noel Towell A ballot will be used to allocate precious spaces to DFAT public servants.

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Barnaby Joyce slackness cost us our pay rise, say researchers

Barnaby Joyce says he is working with his state counterparts to crack down on animal activists using illegally obtained footage.

Noel Towell Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce is being blamed for torpedoing a modest pay rise for public servants at the government's grains research body.

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Public servants, defence personnel face rough justice on tribunal challenges


Noel Towell Public servants and defence personnel face rough justice when they challenge the might of their Commonwealth employers in the main federal tribunal, new research reveals.

Former minister's driver wins right to compo for injury sustained lugging bags

 Former defence minister Stephen  Smith has said he has no memory of the incident.

Noel Towell The federal government has failed in a legal bid to deny compensation to a Commonwealth chauffeur who hurt her shoulder carrying heavy bags for former defence minister Stephen Smith while he sat in...

Carol Mills strikes back at Senate Clerk Rosemary Laing over criticism

Department of Parliamentary Services secretary Carol Mills.

Noel Towell Parliamentary Services boss Carol Mills has hit back at the clerk of the Senate Rosemary Laing.

It's the high life (expectancy) for public servants

New research public sector workers enjoy high life expectancy.

Noel Towell Public servants will live almost four years longer, on average, than other workers, according to new research.

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Former Bureau of Meteorology staffer fights to clear his name of drug, sex and crime claims

Gypsy Jokers

Noel Towell A former public servant has vowed to continue his legal battle to unmask an anonymous colleague who accused him of moonlighting as an outlaw bikie, supplying hard drugs to prostitutes in return for...

Industrial-strength parking perks at Industry Department

Parking metre

Noel Towell The Industry Department is splashing out tens of thousands of dollars for VIP parking in Civic for an elite group of bureaucrats.

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Federal privacy authorities called in over Centrelink breach

Government may negotiate on work for the dole (Thumbnail)

Noel Towell Federal privacy authorities have been called in after Centrelink left full personal and financial details of clients lying around at a Brisbane suburban railway station last month.

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Tax Office denies referring to underperformers as 'duds'

Under scrutiny: The tax office has notified thousands of self-managed super funds over practices such as dividend washing or attending seminars in holiday resorts.

Noel Towell The Tax Office has angrily rejected reports its officials referred to underperforming public servants as duds.

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Senate Clerk Rosemary Laing in 'extraordinary' attack on Parliamentary Services boss Carol Mills

Noel Towell Senior official tries to derail the hiring of Carol Mills for the job of Clerk of the House of Commons in London.

Public service set to go to war against 'duds'

Departments say they are cutting red tape and making it easier to manage their workplaces in line with the expectations of the Abbott government.

Noel Towell Federal government departments are poised to wage war on "dud" public servants in their ranks.

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APS: Agriculture department finally becomes breastfeeding friendly

Breastfeeding is a perfectly normal thing to do.

Noel Towell The shocking treatment of a breastfeeding public servant at the Agriculture Department in Canberra has spurred bosses there to transform their workplace into one of Australia’s best for...

Job losses as Treasury bosses tell staff of fate in spill and fill


Noel Towell Up to 45 Treasury department public servants were told on Wednesday they were out of a job.

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Labor warns jobs will be sent to Asia if Medicare payments privatised

Higher fees: The National Commission of Audit Report recommends a $15 payment for visiting a doctor.

Noel Towell Labor says public service jobs in the Department of Human Services could be sent to Asia if a privatisation of key departmental functions goes ahead.

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Unions want breastfeeding rights enshrined in Taxation Office agreement

Women at the Australian Taxation Office say they are afraid to assert their lactation rights.

Noel Towell The Australian Taxation Office is under pressure to enshrine breastfeeding rights for new mothers into its workplace agreement amid internal criticism that it is failing to provide a...

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Marise Payne hits out at 'alarmist exaggerations' over Department of Human Services' job losses

Marise Payne

Noel Towell Warnings of 20,000 public service job losses after a sell-off of Medicare payment functions are “alarmist exaggerations”, according to the Minister for Human Services.

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Departments hampered in finalising staff pay offers

CSIRO staff are calling for a pay rise of 3.5 per cent a year.

Noel Towell Departmental plans for wages and conditions have failed the Abbott government’s toughness tests.

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